The new and improved (revised?) version of Buffalo’s own Cute Is What We Aim For returns to the home town for two appearances at Mohawk Place on Friday (April 23) and Saturday (April 24). What was originally a five-piece band is now down to one original member, front-man Shaant Hacikyan, known simply as Shaant by most. The band, nfamous for their rotating lineup of the same seven characters, took a brief hiatus this year to fire everyone but Shaant (pictures of former band members that appeared on Cute’s website were subsequently replaced by six pictures of Shaant looking like Robert Pattinson). Their sound has remained unchanged, though, as Shaant is still belting out his ideas about love and heartbreak through a veil of quirky indie rock. Buffalo scenesters might remember Cute’s quick and steep rise to indie stardom, which began in 2005 when they gained overnight success via Myspace. The band signed to pop-punk record label Fueled By Ramen later that year and went on to release two colorful, hook-laden albums, 2006’s The Same Old Blood Rush With a New Touch, and 2008’s Rotation, both produced by pop-rock aficionado John Feldman (Good Charlotte, Ashlee Simpson, Story of the Year). Supporting acts on Friday are It’s a Firefight, Inlite, and Thrown Under the Bus. On Saturday Meet Me in March, Letterset, and Firefight open the show.
6pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (855-3931). $12/14